Let your hair down – Rapunzel at Chickenshed

December 21, 2017

How to morph a protagonist-dominated story into the story of a community? In a usual Chickenshed’s Christmas practice, the theatre reinvents well-known storyline set in an intimate, sparsely-populated world of a classical fairy-tale to accommodate a 200-strong cast. This year Chickenshed re-written Rapunzel for its signature seasonal show. The great feature of the show is […]

Doctor Faustus in Chickenshed

October 31, 2017

Marlowe’s Faustus for me is a testament of more far-away and naïve times. Back in the day, you could actually learn all that there was to learn about science in one lifetime. Elena of Troy was the fairest lady that ever lived and there was a limit to the knowledge in general. After all, what […]

Dragon’s Read: Capel Bells by Joan Hessayon

April 20, 2017

Gently, he forced her to open her mouth and thrust his tongue inside while holding her so close she couldn’t push him away. After a second or two, she seemed to take the course of least resistance, not objecting, yet not encouraging… Suddenly, she gave in and kissed him back clasping around the neck with […]

Politics Never Change in “Trumpets and Raspberries” at Chickenshed

February 13, 2017

A grassroots leftist leader is being sacrificed by the ruling class for the sake of keeping the status quo. Does that sound familiar at all to you? Waterboarding, alternative facts, disrespect for the due process, crazy overreacting at the face of any slightest confrontation are all part of the new play at Chickenshed. It is […]

Here be Dragons: Adventure to Oz at Chickenshed

December 9, 2016

The purple curtain has giant letters “Adventure to Oz” written all over it. As it rises, the colours deepen and the traditional Christmas show at Chickenshed start. This year it is a loosely imagined sequel to The Wizard of Oz. Tinman and Scarecrow rule over respective lands and Dorothy is friends with the current ruler […]

Past never dies in “Kindertransport” at Chickenshed

October 5, 2016

We are herded to the stage as to the train, in pairs for an easier count. The walls of the back door theatre entrance reminded of a service entrance to a train station. There we are met by the stage, divided into past and future to follow the two parts of the “Kindertransport”, a new […]

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas Chickenshed Gave to Me…

December 15, 2015

The whole genre of Christmas family shows is, in its core, limited. It has to be a relatable story, kids-friendly, feel-good and enticing into family values. You know the drill. That is, until Chickenshed comes along. This years’ Christmas show based on “The Twelve Days of Christmas” carol runs through December and early January it […]